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Your Chance to Win a $100 Gift Certificate to MooShoes!

By Jasmin and Mariann — November 29, 2011

It is pretty much impossible for us hens to believe, but the 100th episode of our podcast is coming up in less than 2 weeks. We are thrilled to let you know that MooShoes – the fantabulous vegan shoe store, offering the largest variety of vegan shoes and accessories in the world – is sponsoring the episode! And in honor of our 100th episode, MooShoes is generously offering a $100 gift certificate to one lucky listener!

Here is how it will work: During this super-duper episode, we will be devoting a section to answering your questions. These can be questions about us, about Our Hen House, about animal rights in general, or about anything else you want to know. Want to enter for your chance to win a $100 gift certificate from MooShoes? Of course you do…

Send us your questions that you want us to answer on the 100th episode! Regardless of whether or not we read it on the air, your question is your entry in the contest to win the $100 MooShoes gift certificate!

To enter, simply comment below with your question. To double your chance of winning, tweet this: “I just entered to win a gift card for rad #vegan shoes from @mooshoes_nyc to support @ourhenhouse! You can enter here:

Be sure to enter by midnight, EST, on Wednesday, December 7. The randomly-selected winner will be announced on the 100th episode, which will air on Saturday, December 10. Good luck!

Special thanks to MooShoes for being so insanely fantastic and generous! When we talk about “for-profit” activism – which we frequently do in our blog’s “Money Squawks” section – MooShoes is a perfect example. Much as owners Sara and Erica Kubersky explained when we made a short video highlighting their story, 10 whole years ago, these sisters saw a need for a store that would serve as a vegan hub, and, thus, MooShoes was born, as was an entire community of patrons who valued a compassionate, fair-trade experience. In addition to providing gorgeous, compassionate goods, MooShoes has gone above and beyond, frequently hosting charity fundraisers for animal rights organizations. And here’s a little known fact: 5 years ago, Jasmin worked at MooShoes. Clearly, the problem there was that, as she enmeshed herself in the shoe culture, she spent her paychecks before they were even deposited. Oh, how we adore MooShoes…

We bet you’re wondering who our 100th episode guest will be! Well, that is still a surprise, but trust us, it will be well worth the wait. Next week on our blog, we’ll give you a sneak peak, so stay tuned.

And now, please, pull up some hay. Let’s get squawking.

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(47) Readers Comments

  1. November 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    What is one of your top goals for Our Hen House in 2012?

  2. November 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    How would you support a young vegetarian in the family where you're vegan and everyone else is standard american diet? The last thing I want is for her to become an ex-vegetarian talking bad about it. She doesn't have a strong moral foundation in animal rights or anything. She's an avid fiction reader, any resources there?

  3. November 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    What can I do about the fact that my neighbor ties his dog to a tree for most of the day without starting a neighbor fight? If I call authorities he will definitely know that I'm the one that called. Vegan and frustrated

  4. Melissa
    November 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    i'm a new vegan and am so hungry for knowledge and i don't want to miss out on any awesome recommendations. if you both could send me into the new year with a strong vegan foundation and had to pick a few favorite things in the vegan world, how would you finish this, "you simply can't go thru life as a vegan without knowing about _____." tell me what i should know whether it's a favorite website, cookbook, food, brand of vegan clothing, vegan city to visit, whatever! can't wait to hear your "best of the best" recommendations!

  5. November 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Please share with us your motivations for keeping "Our Hen House" fresh and relevant. Also, what are your "mantras" to keep on the path, and stay positive, in spite of the cruelty and meanness and one way ticket to oblivion path the non-vegan world seems to be on?

  6. Jessica Caneal
    November 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    What advice would you give to a once health-food oriented vegan turned junk food vegan who is addicted to things like Daiya, Earth Balance, and SoDelicious who needs to lose weight? How do you go back and give up all that vegan deliciousness?

  7. Michelle Rubin
    November 29, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    How is it that you two are SOOOO amazing????

  8. November 29, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    What are the most important pieces of info that every vegan should know in order to hold their own in a conversation about animal rights?

  9. November 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    What's your go-to dish to serve to a non-veg to show them how delicious vegan food can be? Mine is butternut squash mac and cheese but I'd love some new ones that are tried and tested.

  10. November 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    After 100, episodes, what advice would you have to a vegan blogger or pod-caster just starting out? What do you know now that you wish you knew 100 episodes ago?

  11. Shannon
    November 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    As a student in the health care field, I frequently feel like I'm the only one that notices or cares that the entire basis of Western medicine seems to have been built on the backs of animals. What do you think individuals can do the shift the paradigm and end exploitation of non-human animals as medical and pharmaceutical test subjects and teaching models?

  12. November 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    What single career would you recommend that a recent college grad pursue to have the greatest impact on animals?

  13. November 29, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Do you have any advice or strategies on giving your relatives/friends vegan-themed/vegan gifts without looking like you are preaching to them aka turning them off to all things vegan aka painting yourself as a vegan lunatic who can't stop talking about veganism? Ex: Giving them a copy of Forks Over Knives or a kick ass cook book like the Vegan Table.

  14. November 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I've been thinking about your conversation with Kim Stallwood in Episode 97. You seemed disappointed when he indicated he wasn't a fan of animal rights political parties (or maybe it wasn't disappointment, rather you didn't agree). So, my question: is single focus the way to go, or broader? I feel like we could move more people if the issue was broader. For instance a political party that opposed all violence: violence against women, against gays and lesbians, against animals, against bombing nations into "democracy" might bring more people to our way of thinking that a smaller, perceived "fringe" group. Was that a question? LOL You get what I mean, I hope. And I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!

  15. November 29, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    What advice do you have for the budding vegan and animal rights activist who wants to take their activism to the next level?

  16. November 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    In my relatively short time of being a vegan (9 months) and an activist (7 months), it seems to me as though there are many more vegans than there are vegan activists or those that aspire to be. Why do you think that is, even with great resources like Our Hen House available, and do you think activists maybe have an even greater sense of empathy that causes them to feel it's absolutely necessary to play a part in making the world a better place for animals?

  17. November 29, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    If you could only share three pro-vegan books with the world, what would they be?

  18. November 29, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Awww, so many questions, so little time. :) How do you manage your emotions for people who are uneducated about veganism and animal rights? How do you not become frozen in anger? Do you look differently at family members or friends who refuse to educate themselves or even consider change? What makes a good vegan? Do I have to be a perfect vegan? These are questions that really do keep me up at night and I bet you smart ladies have some thoughts...

  19. November 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Oh yeah, and big congrats on approaching the 100th episode, I am in awe!!!

  20. November 29, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    100 episodes! What an accomplishment! Hope you two have a fun date planned to celebrate! :) Ok ... This one is a toughie for this vegan. Cat food. All the research I've done shows that cats indeed need to eat other animals' flesh to thrive. (Dogs I've heard do great on a vegan diet.) What are your thoughts on this? What's the latest research?

  21. November 29, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Congratulations on (almost) 100 episodes! I'm proud to have been a listener since the very beginning. My question: what area of Our Hen House do you hope to expand in the coming year and why?

  22. November 30, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Congrats on your 100th episode!! Will you be posting more about how Vegan diets benefit you over a typical American diets?

  23. Stephen Lukas
    November 30, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Hello friends - and warm greetings from Nova Scotia. As always, your podcasts and daily updates continue to enhance and refresh my own vegan journey. Not only do you make a significant difference in the lives of animals - you make a very significant difference in the lives of all those who make up the "Our Hen House" virtual community. Saying a simple thank you doesn't seem like enough. So, here is my question: In addition to providing financial support, what three things do you need most from this community to make Our Hen House even more of an "Indie Media Powerhouse"? Big smooch from Halifax, Stephen.

  24. Kathy Hanley
    November 30, 2011 at 7:57 am

    What do you hope to accomplish in your next 100 episodes?

  25. November 30, 2011 at 10:39 am

    First of all, congratulations on this milestone! My questions is, how do you stay so indefatigably positive despite the overwhelming amount of work that needs to be done to give animals a voice in the world and liberate them from the horrendous conditions they currently endure? Where to you find hope and where can amateur animal rights activists look to for hope on a daily basis? (other than your amazing podcast, of course) "Hope is the thing with feathers/ that perches in the soul", Emily Dickinson once wrote, and hope is what I feel I am searching for most often when contemplating this daunting challenge. Thanks again for all of the work that you do on behalf of animals.

  26. November 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    This is not my question but why does the link in the tweet go to "ROLFquizz'? Do you believe that single issue campaigns, i.e., anti-circus, safe the apes, give a laying hen 6 more inches of space in her battery cage, etc., dilute the efforts of working towards a vegan world where ultimately all animal use/abuse would be eliminated? Do you believe that campaigns such as "humane meat" or "free range" are good for the animals or do you think they just allow meat eaters to continue on their guiltless ways?

  27. November 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Have you gotten pigeon tattoos yet? If so: pictures! If not, when is it happening? Who is your favorite vegan chef (if you can choose)? what is your favorite cookbook? ♥

  28. November 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Here is something I've been wondering: We live in a city so there are not a lot of animals around. I have a 3 year old and she loves animals. I have taken her to petting zoos and such because I want her to know and love these beautiful creatures. But I don't like the overall idea of these animals being touched and bothered all day by kids who are not always kind and gentle. How can I teach my daughter to love and respect these animals if we can't see, touch, and interact with them in a compassionate non-exploitative environment? I feel such a connection with a cow when I can see, touch, talk to her. I think it's easier to feel at ease eating animals if you've never looked one in the eye and been kissed by one. Any thoughts or suggestions?

  29. Anne Martin
    November 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    What are some fundraisers for animals that have worked for other organizations? I would love to have a toolkit - fast fundraisers (like vegan bakesales), fundraisers that need more planning, but that can raise over $5K, that kind of thing.

  30. November 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Who are some of your heros/idols in the animals rights movement? If you could name one group or organization that has been most influential, which would it be?

  31. November 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    How do you prevent yourself from being exasperated by the non-vegan world we live in?

  32. November 30, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Mariann, where would you point a lawyer (in a completely unrelated field) if she wanted to start learning more about animal law, possibly volunteer her time, and maybe someday down the road make a career change to work for the animals? Congrats on the 100th episode!

  33. November 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Where do you stand on the Gary L. Francione/Abolitionist Approach to animal rights vs. the more common single issue campaigns?

  34. November 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I saw someone else with a similar question but what ethical advice would you give cat parents/rescuers about feline diets? I know many vegans who don't want to have cats in their homes because they need to eat meat. But there are so many homeless cats that need homes with nice people!

  35. December 1, 2011 at 4:43 am

    If you could have any guest on your show, living or deceased, who would it be?

  36. December 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Jasmin, you recently "confessed" your love for the reality show "The Biggest Loser" (I understand, this show is probably my #1 guilty pleasure). My question is, if you could be on any reality show, which would it be? Or, if you were the stars of your own reality show, what would it look like?

  37. December 2, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Congrats on a milestone, you guys! Everyone seems to have the big questions covered, so I'm going to ask one about juice fasting - what tips do you have for doing it as often as you do? I did ten days this summer and plan to do it again over the holiday break.

  38. December 3, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Congratulations on the 100th episode! I have two questions. What are some of your tips for helping folks see animal rights as a social justice issue, particularly building coalitions with queer rights and other movements? How can we help animal rights folks recognize and deal with their own ableism, sexism, racism, homophobia, fat phobia, etc.? In other words, tips for inclusion. :) Thank you! Chris

  39. December 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    You ladies do a lot of traveling. Do you have a favorite recipe to keep in handy for when visiting non-veg friends or places?

  40. December 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    What sites do you use to get animal rights news?

  41. December 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I struggle with acceptance. I find that many people simply do not like vegans. Why do you think this is? How can we change people's minds about us?

  42. December 6, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Have you ever found a good, vegan, natural hair styling product that actually works?

  43. December 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Do you think that more vegans getting involved/majoring in university programs in the field of science could make a great positive impact for the vegan movement? If so, what are your suggestions for getting more vegans to go into university programs in the science fields - biology, animal behavior, ecology, etc? If not, why not?

  44. December 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Seriously though, where do vegans get their protein? [Also, what is Our Hen House's top goal for changing the world for animals over the next 100 episodes, and how do you hope to accomplish it?]

  45. brad mckinnon
    December 7, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    what do you think about the vegan abolition movement / glf?

  46. Stephen
    December 9, 2011 at 11:57 am

    What strategies do you have for lobbying restaurants to carry vegan options?

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